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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 13, 2010 3:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

Well, I'll sell my soul for a chance to be at the mystery '68 shows. (noticed you listed - I include those among my faves). Then again, who wants to buy my soul? Not like I can barter with the horned one...

... always loved FZ's liner notes from the referenced album:

From You Are What You Is liner notes:

"THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PREPARED for publication in Newsweek magazine. After it was sent to them, they rejected it saying that it was too 'idiosyncratic.' Since we needed something to fill up this space, this article will now meet its destiny as decorative filler material.

Say Cheese …

It has been suggested that the Gross National Product is perhaps not the best indicator of how well we are doing as a society since it tells us nothing about the Quality of our Lives … but, is this worth dwelling upon as we grovel our way along in the general direction of the 21st Century? When future historians write about us, they base their conclusions on whatever material goods survive from Present-Day America, we will undoubtedly stand alone among nations and be known forevermore as 'THOSE WHO CHOSE CHEESE.'

As you will recall, folks, nobody ever had as much going for them in the beginning as we did. Let's face it … we were fantastic. Today, unfortunately, we are merely WEIRD. This is a shocking thing to say, since no Red-Blooded American likes to think of his or herself as being WEIRD, but when there are other options and a whole nation CHOOSES CHEESE, that is WEIRD.

Our mental health has been in a semi-wretched condition for quite some time now. One of the reasons for this distress, aside from CHOOSING CHEESE as a way of life, is the fact that we have (against some incredibly stiff competition) emerged victorious as the biggest bunch of liars on the face of the planet. No society has managed to invest more time and energy in the perpetuation of the fiction that it is moral, sane and wholesome than our current crop of Modern Americans.

This same delusion is the Mysterious Force behind our national desire to avoid behaving in any way that might be construed as INTELLIGENT. Modern Americans behave as if intelligence were some sort of hideous deformity. To cosmeticize it, many otherwise normal citizens attempt a peculiar type of self-inflicted homemade mental nose-job (designed to lower the recipient's socio-intellectual profile to the point where the ability to communicate on the most mongolian level provides the necessary certification to become ONE OF THE GUYS). Let's face it … nobody wants to hang out with somebody who is smarter than they are. This is no FUN.

Americans have always valued the idea of FUN. We have a National Craving for FUN. We don't get very much of it anymore, so we do two things: first, we rummage around for anything that might be FUN, then (since it really wasn't FUN stuff in the first place) we pretend to enjoy it (whatever it was). The net result: STRESSED CHEESE.

But where does all this CHEESE really come from? It wouldn't be fair to blame it all on TV, although some credit must be given to whoever it is at each of the networks that GIVES US WHAT WE WANT. (You don't ask – you don't get). Folks, we now have GOT IT … lots of it … and, in our Infinite American Wisdom, we have constructed elaborate systems to insure that future generations will have an even more abundant supply of that fragrant substance upon which we presently thrive.

If we can't blame it on the TV, then where does it come from? Obviously, we are weird if we have to ask such a question. Surely we must realize by now (except for the fact that we lie to ourselves so much that we get confused sometimes) that as Contemporary Americans we have an almost magical ability to turn anything we touch into a festering mound of self-destructing poot.

How can we do this with such incredible precision? Well, one good way is to form a Committee. Committees composed of all kinds of desperate American Types have been known to convert the combined unfulfilled emotional needs and repressed biological urges of their memberships into complex masses of cheese-like organisms at the rap of a gavel. Committee Cheese is usually sliced very thin, then bound into volumes for eventual dispersal in courts of law, legislative chambers, and public facilities where you are invited to eat all you want.

If that doesn't fill you up, there is the exciting Union Cheese … the most readily available cheese-type offered. The thing that's so exciting about Union Cheese, from a gourmet's point of view, is the classic simplicity of the mathematical formula from which it is derived. In fact, it is difficult to avoid a state of Total Ecstasy if one contemplates the proposition that no import quota yet devised has proven equal to the task of neutralizing the lethal emissions generated by the ripening process of this piquant native confection. Should we not be overtaken by some unspeakable emotion when we consider the fact that the smaller the amount of care taken in the preparation of each Union Cheese Artifact, the more triumphant the blast as the vapors stream forth from every nook and cranny of whatever it was that the stalwart craftsperson got paid $19.00 per hour to slap together?

Still hungry? Union Cheese might be the most readily available, but no type of cheese in America today has achieved the popular acceptance of Accountant Cheese. If it is true that YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT, then surely our national willingness to eat this stuff tells us more about ourselves than we probably wish to know. Obviously we have found The Cheese To Believe In. Why not? It is manufactured by people who count money, endorsed as nutritionally sound by Civic Leaders, and delivered by The Media door to door. The Quality Of Our Lives (if we think of this matter in terms of 'How much of what we individually consider to be Beautiful are we able to experience every day?') seems an irrelevant matter, now that all decisions regarding the creation and distribution of Works of Art must first pass under the limbo bar (a/k/a 'The Bottom Line'), along with things like Taste and The Public Interest, all tied like a tin can to the wagging tale of the sacred Prime Rate Poodle. The aforementioned festering poot is coming your way at a theatre or drive-in near you. It wakes you up every morning as it droozles out of your digital clock radio. An ARTS COUNCIL somewhere is getting a special batch ready with little tuxedos on it so you can think it's precious.

Yes Virginia … there is a FREE LUNCH. We are eating it now. Can I get you a napkin?"

— FZ, April 1, 1981

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jan 13, 2010 9:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

So you like donuts eh?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3ZcZ2h4Ths

- "IOU one brain, signed God"

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 13, 2010 3:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

Will sell my soul for $.25... Wait a minute... I'm in lL Jolla, better make it $.35...

:)

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Poster: buscameby Date: Jan 14, 2010 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

SOLD the Brooklyn Bridge for $5!!!!!!!!!

I made my donation to UNICEF, I figured if they are good enough for George Harrison they are a good bet to help the Hatians.

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 14, 2010 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

I just did $10.00 to Unicef... Can't really afford it, but living back here in earthquake country, and having been through a few, I can appreciate their need! Hope it helps!

Now a challenge!

Everyone else here matches our $10.00, that is some serious help!

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Poster: dizbuster Date: Jan 14, 2010 2:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

well good luck to both of you.......to all of you! i am fortunate enough to be able to match your donation and then some so i'll do it right now on behalf of the forum!
i know the hatians need it far more than i do.......such bad luck to endure what they are going through. it is breaking my heart.........

This post was modified by dizbuster on 2010-01-14 22:44:29

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Poster: buscameby Date: Jan 14, 2010 6:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Its times like this I know why I hang with you KIND folks and have for 33 years.

What we do does matter, I just had a visit from my friend who I had to talk out of something really stupid recently, he got a job through a temp service, his landlord is cutting him slack even though he is two months behind and he is more optimistic than I've seen him since I met him.

Playin in the Heart of Gold Band today!!!(damn I sound like Tiny Tim*S*)

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 14, 2010 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

Good on you friend... My money be very tight, but thinking about chipping in a buck or two myself. I never heard of an earthquake in the carribean before. Always figgered hurricanes were plenty to deal with!

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Poster: buscameby Date: Jan 14, 2010 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

I understand tight, I've been unemployed since Nov 08' and my unemployment ran out this week but I am still alot better off than these folks. I did do mine on a $10 a month payment plan but its better than nothing I hope.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 14, 2010 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

You really are one of the good guys, Bus; of course, I already knew this, but really...good on ya.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 14, 2010 9:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a nightmare

My wife works at the Center for Stabilization and Reconstruction at the Naval Postgrad School here in Monterey and just got this message from someone that works with the UN Development team there:

"Kinda busy here with Haiti stuff – have lost many colleagues(some 130 est and maybe as high as 200) in the collapse of the UN building including many in the DDR team…..We are sending a UN replacement team out at 8pm tonight to carry on the work and need to ensure they have everything"....

This is DDR (not that it has anything to with current crisis) http://www.unddr.org/

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Poster: buscameby Date: Jan 14, 2010 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

Hey don't go given folks the wrong impression of me-- I am a Grumpy Ole Fart!!!

I just know it matters to somebody, and I was stuck growin up in the age of the bleeding heart HIPPIE movement, can't help myself*S*.

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 14, 2010 3:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

What??? And I don't count now that I bailed out on AZ??????

Do you have any idea how many people get 6 ? marks from me???????????

Or 11?

Tell, I only goof on ya 'cause I consider you a true friend!

And that be Fact Jack!!!

Yer Pal, Jon

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 14, 2010 10:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

Check into extentions... I got like 24 weeks and I think I've heard you can get another 20 or so from the Feds... Worth the legwork, beats hell out of being totally broke!!!

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Poster: buscameby Date: Jan 14, 2010 1:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

I had two extensions to make 1 full year, have you collected more than 52 weeks?

I know a friend from MA. who has been on it for 2 years almost.

I have developed a relationship with a old client and I am going t try rep-ing his Hosted IT solution to the SMB market.

According to the industry rags it is going to be the largest growth segment of IT in the world. They are a leader in the industry and I will be leading their marketing efforts.

So I'm praying for some good luck!

And praying for all my friends and countrymen (and women) who are suffering from this DEPRESSION. I know several folks who are homeless now because of it and one who I've had to keep from killing himself several times recently.

I am PISSED at what our "LEADERS" have dragged us into.(turning red and gritting my teeth)

Ok, well I got that off my chest: Thank you!!! I feel much better now, time for my medication I think(lighter fires up in the backround..... gurgle gurgle gurgle)

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 14, 2010 2:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

Amen Brother! Wishing you luck!!!

I just recently became unemployed, have a fair amount in the account and extended family here watching my back. So, I better get some work done...

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Poster: buscameby Date: Jan 14, 2010 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

crush are you in CO, if so are you attending Furthur?

we should toast to our great future success*S*.

or plan the revolution-lol

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Poster: cush212 Date: Jan 14, 2010 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Haiti - a man of God weighs in

In Ca now... Always willing to toast (or get toasted) and ALWAYS working on the revolution!!!

:)